Feb. 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 19/17 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of shutout wins against the Furman Paladins in a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs earned a 6-0 win in the first game, before grabbing a 7-0 win in the second game. With the wins, Georgia moves to 7-0 on the season, while Furman falls to 0-4.
Geri Ann Glasco and Chelsea Wilkinson each earned shutout victories in the circle for Georgia. Glasco got the complete-game shutout win in the first game and Wilkinson threw six shutout innings for the win in the second game.
Paige Wilson led all hitters on the day, going 6-for-8 with two doubles and a home run. She also scored twice and drove in four batters.
Georgia 6, Furman 0
Wilson went 3-for-4 with a home run, her first of the season, and a double to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-0 win over Furman in the first game of the doubleheader. Anna Swafford and Glasco each had multiple hit games, as Swafford picked up three hits, while Glasco recorded two.
Glasco got the start in the circle and went the distance for Georgia to improve to 2-0 on the year. She allowed just two hits and struck out nine batters, tying her career-best, in the complete-game shutout performance.
Furman's Lauren Collier suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. She got the start and threw 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs, on 10 hits and three walks. She also struck out five. Alex Sappington threw the final third of an inning, walking one.
The game was scoreless through 4 ½ until the Bulldogs put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead. With one away, Niaja Griffin legged out an infield single to put one on for Wilson. With one out and a runner at first, Wilson roped a double to left center, scoring Griffin and putting Georgia up 1-0. With two outs and the bases loaded after a walk by Alex Hugo and an infield single by Glasco, Swafford reached on an infield single that scored Hugo and gave Georgia 2-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Maeve McGuire hit a bases-clearing double to left center that extended Georgia's lead to 5-0.
Furman picked up just its second hit of the day in the top of the sixth inning, but was unable to score, giving the Bulldogs a chance to add to their lead. Georgia did just that when it added one run in the bottom of the frame when Wilson hit her first home run of the season to make it a 6-0 game. After issuing a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh, Glasco got the next two batters to strike out swinging before inducing a groundout to short that ended the game and clinched the 6-0 win for Georgia.
Georgia 7, Furman 0
Wilkinson spun a gem in the second game of the doubleheader to improve to 5-0 on the year. She allowed just one hit and struck out a season-best 12 batters in six shutout innings. She also walked five batters. Bekah Farris threw the final inning for the Bulldogs, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Furman's Shelby Parker took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year after giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk in three innings of work. She also struck out three. Sappington came in as relief of Parker in the fourth inning and allowed just one hit in the final three innings. She also struck out one batter.
Wilkinson worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first, but got the final two batters looking to end the inning. The offensive momentum continued from the first game, as the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A one-out single by Glasco and a double by Kaylee Puailoa put runners at second and third for Georgia. A wild pitch scored Glasco from third and put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
The Bulldogs added four runs in the bottom of the second inning to extend their lead to 5-0. McGuire led off the inning with a double to left center and moved to third on a bunt single by Katie Browne. With a runner at third, Samantha LaZear picked up an RBI with a groundout to second. Wilson followed with a single that scored pinch runner Adele Harrison and put Georgia up 3-0. It looked like the inning was over when Wilson tried for third on a fielding error, but interference was called, which allowed Wilson to move to third and Hugo to reach first. With runners at the corners, Glasco hit a two-run single to center that made it a 5-0 game. Puailoa reached on a single, but a strikeout ended the inning with Georgia up 5-0.
Browne drew a one-out walk in the top of the third inning and scored two batters later when LaZear doubled to shallow left. With Georgia leading 6-0 and a runner at third after a passed ball, Wilson doubled to left center, scoring LaZear and extending Georgia's lead to 7-0.
At the top of the fourth, Furman turned to Sappington, who allowed just one hit in the final three innings. The duo of Wilkinson and Farris were equally impressive, as Furman was able to muster just one more hit for the game, allowing Georgia to take the 7-0 win.
Georgia gets back in action tomorrow, Feb. 17, when it hosts the Mercer Bears in a double header. The first game is slated to begin at 2 p.m., with the second following at approximately 4 p.m.